A Word About Our Summer

Some of you may not have figured out that my husband is a teacher.  He doesn’t do summer school, and instead the plan is for me to work more during the summers.  That is our plan (although, I seem to get cancelled about 1/3 shifts lately… so, we shall see).

It is definitely a change.  He learns like what it’s like to be here all the time, and I get a full appreciation that working full time doesn’t suit me either.

You’ll notice my life just isn’t as organized.  Menu Plan Monday will most likely bid adieu until the fall.  I will still make plans, but the recipes are much simpler and we’re just trying to get by.

BUT, that doesn’t mean the rest of our life is any less planned.  While my kids don’t have any summer camps to attend, I tend to set-up a pretty rigorous schedule for us to achieve.  Here’s where it stands currently:
7-9 get up, get dressed, responsibilities, eat breakfast (this includes practicing)

  • 9-10:30 Lessons (I buy workbooks before school gets out to prepare them for the next grade and give them something academic to do)
  • 10:30-11 “special activity” — I made a list of fun things to explore with the kids.  We’re delving into economics, history, anatomy (of course), physical education — you name it (and if you have some “special” activities planned with YOUR kids, I’d love to hear them!
  • 11-12 Outside Play
  • 12-1 Lunch
  • 1-2 Computer time (usually it’s academic or typing games)
  • 2-3 Free Play
  • 3-4 Reading/Quiet time
  • 4-5 Wii (which must be earned by doing well on the other activities)
  • and then dinner, etc.

It mostly keeps me from having to tell my kids every 10 minutes that wii time isn’t til’ after reading. :)  I have also told them they are welcome to watch educational TV instead of computer or wii time.

They all made up goals yesterday, and I made some mental ones for each of them:

  • C:  Neatness, penmanship, capitals (my goal for him is to learn that there is a consequence to everything, be it good or bad).  He is also starting a blog.
  • S:  Pemanship, tying his shoelaces, learning how to tell time better (my goal for him is to teach independence)

Anyway, that’s what’s going on here.  I’d love to hear big plans you have for your family.  Actually, not your big plans, but maybe the tiny ones.  A lot of the mommy bloggers seem to want to do “day camp at home” and I like that idea.  Why pay someone else hundereds of dollars to make their memories with your kids? :)

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  1. says

    Hillary, I think I’m stealing your schedule to use as my homeschool schedule. I think you must be a closet homeschooler. Many homeshcoolers I know aren’t even this organized! Amazing.

  2. says

    I like your schedule. I just need to fit in practicing and then a few fun, planned activities for while I’m teaching lessons or that Joel can do for them.

    Good stuff!

  3. says

    Omg, I love Conner’s blog!!!!!

    I’m intrigued by your schedule. I am a little too lax to follow something as ambitious as yours. *However*, I am going to try my hand at a schedule of some sort, as the thought of days and days of unstructured-ness scare me.

    On the other hand, we just got back from Disney, and have plans each day – fun or otherwise – until Wednesday. I am helping to host a shower then that Saturday and have done nothing concrete for it yet, so not sure when I’ll be able to enact the schedule. Will post what I’m doing or email you. I have an almost six year old here who could use a kick in the pants. : )

  4. says

    I really like your schedule … we need something like that. We end up doing all sorts of things during te summer, but we also end up with a little too much down time. Someday I’ll create a schedule for our summer – maybe! ;)

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